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Paola Salas

Intern

Sometimes therapy can feel intimidating. It can be daunting to explore the deepest parts of ourselves or sit with the heaviest feelings. But I believe taking this leap is a profound act of self-love. To choose to confront what we’ve realized can no longer be ignored and create something new with it. As a therapist, I am honored to share this space with you and join you in this process.

 

Maybe you are struggling to navigate your relationships, coping with grief and loss, seeking to develop a healthier and kinder relationship with yourself, or feeling the weight of systemic pain. Whatever brings you here, I believe our work together can be a stepping stone towards not only coping but creating a life that feels full and meaningful.

 

During our sessions, we will explore all facets of your struggles and dive into the unknown together. I encourage you to be mindful of not simply intellectualizing your pain but also being attuned to what it is like for you to experience it. I center your emotional safety and agency, making sure to move at a pace that feels healthy and productive for you while also challenging you to dig deeper when ready. Above all, I prioritize self-compassion with my clients, as I believe in its transformative nature.

 

If you are seeking a therapist who is warm, curious, and encouraging, please reach out. I would be honored to support you on your journey.

pronouns: she/her
email: paola@walnutpsychotherapycenter.com

Education and Training

MSW Candidate • University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

BA • Public Health • Bryn Mawr College

Areas of Focus

 

Anxiety, grief, stress management, relationships, boundaries, attachment, communication, breakups, self-esteem, shame, imposter syndrome

Theoretical Orientation

  • Psychodynamic

  • Relational

  • Trauma-informed

  • Client-centered

  • Attachment-based

  • Anti-oppressive

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